State: A liquid Wax, USP Grade Lanolin
Synonyms: Adeps Lanae, wool wax, wool fat, anhydrous wool fat or wool grease
Uses: Lanolin is a very moisturizing emollient and protects the skin as it would the sheep's wool from the climate and extreme weather conditions. Lanolin has the ability to bind with water and this is what allows it to be such an effective moisturizer for the skin and so is a popular addition to creams, lotions, lip balms, cleansers, conditioners and salves. It is absorbed by the stratum corneum in the skin and is able to reduce moisture loss and restore elasticity and suppleness, especially to skin that is chapped or dry. It is also a popular addition to many shaving creams.
Medical grade lanolin is used in creams and ointments to soothe skin and has the added benefit of being bacteriostatic and hypoallergenic. Lanolin of this grade can be used to treat sore or cracked nipples on breastfeeding mothers and can treat diaper rash, itchy skin, dry skin, chapped lips, rough, dry feet, skin abrasions, minor burns and minor cuts. As an ointment base it is easily absorbed through the skin and this facilitates the medicinal chemicals that it is carrying. In certain folk medicine traditions lanolin is used to treat head colds by applying the lanolin in the nose.
The uses of Lanolin include being used in medicine and cosmetics but it can also be used as a rust-preventative and as a lubricant. Raw lanolin is even used in shoe polish. Due to its waxy composition, lanolin is a very popular waterproofing material. It is also applied onto boat propellers and stem gear by sailors so as to create a surface on which barnacles are not able to adhere. It is also being used as a lubricant grease to prevent corrosion as stainless steel is particularly vulnerable to corrosion under water where it is starved of oxygen.
Recipe/Process: Easy Lip Balm Recipe Using Lanolin
- .4 oz of Shea Butter
- .4 oz of Beeswax
- .3 oz of Lanolin
- 1 oz Olive Oil
- Flavor oil and Stevia for taste.
Melt the beeswax over a double boiler or microwave. In another container, heat the Shea Butter and Lanolin oil until the mixture if fully liquefied. Add olive oil to the Shea Butter and Lanolin oil mixture. Combine the beeswax and the oil mixture, stirring thoroughly. If desired, you can add flavoring. Pour into clean containers.
Odor: Medium to no odor. A waxy, oily scent.
Natural: Lanolin is a greasy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. The majority of this substance comes from domestic sheep and is utilized by humans. Lanolin's ability to be a waterproofing wax helps the sheep to shed water from their coats. Certain breeds tend to produce more lanolin than others. The wool is washed in hot water that contains special wool scouring detergent which removes the wool grease or crude lanolin, dirt, sweat salts which are called suint and any other impurities that are stuck to the wool. The wool grease is continuously removed in this washing process through centrifugal separators. This centrifugal separators concentrate the wool grease into a wax-like substance. This wax has a melting point of approximately 38 C. Lanolin is chemically a wax that is a mixture of fatty acids and esters with a high molecular weight of alcohols. It contains an incredible 80 types of alcohols and over 180 different types of acids. The melting point for Lanolin is around 40 C. It is not soluble in water but can form extremely stable emulsions with it.
Lanolin oil is a product of Lanolin wax. The lanolin wax is subjected to low temperature fractional crystallization. This isolates the liquid esters of the regular anhydrous lanolin. In formulations and recipes it provides a lighter texture than Lanolin wax. It can also be used as a mineral oil substitute in any formulation. It is a great emollient and provides protection for the epidermis from moisture loss. It used in hair treatments and conditioner, bath oils, creams, balms and other cosmetic products.
Shelf Life: 1-2 years for Lanolin oil.
Storage Directions: Store in a dry, cool, ventilated area in a tightly sealed container.
Cautions: Do not apply on broken or irritated skin and if sensitivity or irritation occurs, discontinue use. Can be skin sensitizing. For external use only.
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